There seems to be consensus among commenters -- myself included -- that increased female participation in all things FLOSS would be a Good Thing. (Full disclosure: 49 year old white married male here.)
But, why? I don't mean why generally, I mean why specifically. Just as these Ruby people set specific goals for upping participation, I'm thinking it would be useful to articulate specifically what would/could/should be improved by increased female participation, either in the community or sub-communities, or in particular projects, or qualities of code, documentation, process, etc. Or is the general social aspect of becoming "more civilized" enough?